• Our work

    Eurodiaconia links diaconal actors to examine social needs, develop ideas and influence policies impacting Poverty and Social Exclusion, Social and Health Care Services and the Future of Social Europe.

    Eurodiaconia also provides a platform for transnational networking and best practice sharing.  


  • Our vision

    As the leading network for diaconal work in Europe, we look to develop dialogue and partnership between members and influence and engage with the wider society.  We do this to enable inclusion, care and empowerment of the most vulnerable and excluded and ensure dignity for all.


  • Our goals

    We aim to see a positive social change in Europe through:

    Praxis, enabling membership engagement and partnerships

    Advocacy, creating a network of competence to impact policies at European and national level

    Identity and values, supporting the development of approaches and thinking on Diaconia in Europe today


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Migrants and Europe’s HealthCare System: a burden or blessing?

8 October 2014

Yesterday, Eurodiaconia attended an interesting policy debate held by the European Policy Centre (EPC) and the Coalition for Health, Ethics and Society (CHES). Participants heard from two different representatives of the European Commission, a representative of the IOM (International Organization for Migration), a spokesperson from the NGO Doctors of the World and a representative of the UK Health System (the NHS).

Throughout the discussion, the speakers confirmed that there is a currently a healthcare workforce crisis in Europe and that this skill-shortage issue will become a bigger problem in the coming years as Europe’s population continues to age.

Panelists explained some key measures that are being taken in the EU and all over the world to encourage highly skilled healthcare professionals to migrate to areas needing certain types of health workers, while also making sure that areas in need of healthcare workers are not sending their professionals away to other states because of higher salaries.

The representative of Doctors of the World explained another side of this “migrants and healthcare problem”. Doctors of the World is an NGO that provides healthcare for free to many people who usually would not have access to any type of public health care. This NGO treats these patients and also collects data from them on their individual situations.

Through their studies, Doctors of the World has found that although Europe is in need of more highly-skilled healthcare professionals, the European public in general is quite wary of migrants. Many Europeans assume that providing healthcare for irregular migrants will greatly harm the social aid systems already set up in their countries. Doctors of the World showed important statistical data proving that most undocumented migrants are not social tourists and do not come to Europe solely for healthcare reasons.

To learn more about Doctors of the World and their work please visit here. 

To learn more about the EU’s action plan to combat the healthcare workforce crisis, please visit here.

Eurodiaconia to host 2014 Migration Report Launch

29 September 2014

On the 13th of November, Eurodiaconia will be hosting an evening reception to launch our 2014 migration report titled,  “Access to social and health services for migrants in Europe: Overcoming the barriers, Policy recommendations and good practice from diaconal service providers”. 

Eurodiaconia and other relevant EU policy actors will come together on the 13th of November as Eurodiaconia launches its most recent migration report. 

In order to understand some of the major challenges migrants face in accessing their social rights in Europe, Eurodiaconia recently conducted research among its members as diaconal and church-related service providers of social and health services. By conducting in-depth research, Eurodiaconia was able to create a comprehensive document, reporting not only examples our members programmes and services supporting the inclusion and integration of migrants, but also summarising the key challenges these organizations and migrants face daily in accessing social and health services and finally making policy recommendations to overcome these challenges. 

To see the full programme of the event, please click here

If you would like to register for the event please visit this link

European Commission hearings to begin in the European Parliament

25 September 2014

Two weeks ago, Eurodiaconia produced an article on the structure of the new Commission. However, this group of people cannot officially begin their five year term on November 1st until their team as a whole is approved by the European Parliament (EP).  

Next week, hearings will begin at the EP in which each of the newly appointed commissioners (i.e. commissioners-designate) will be questioned by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on their abilities to successfully carry out the tasks in the portfolios they have been given.

Before hearings begin, each of the commissioners-designate will answer five questions in writing. Three of these questions will be specific ones relating to the committees/topics within their given portfolios, and the other two questions will be more general in nature and deal with the person’s overall ability to carry out their portfolio while interacting with the EP and the person’s general competency to be a commissioner representing strong European commitment and personal independence.

Although the EP can only reject or accept the proposed Commission as a whole, their recommendations from the individual hearings can result in one of the nominated commissioners having their name withdrawn  from the group. This has happened with at least one commissioner-designate in all of the previously appointed European Commissions that have been approved by the EP.

This year Commission President Juncker is confident that his team in its current form will be approved of by the EP, but some have raised their suspicions about Spain’s commissioner-designate, Miguel Arias Cañete, who is supposed to take on the job of Climate and Energy Change Commissioner, because of his close connections with the oil industry.

For further information on the exact timings of these hearings and to watch the live stream video of the hearings please visit here.  

New Members of the Commission and Parliamentary Committees

17 July

After electing a President and Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, parliamentary committees have now also elected chairpersons and their deputies for the next two and a half years. Thomas Händel from the Confederal Group of the European United Left (GUE/NGL) will be chairing the Employment and Social Affairs Committee. You can find the complete list here.

Jean-Claude Juncker was elected President of the European Commission on Tuesday by the Parliament and discussions have now started on member states’ nominees for EU Commissioners. Juncker has said that he aims to strengthen the European social model and relax austerity measures (see, for example, here), by, for example, working towards the introduction of a minimum wage in each member state. It will be interesting to see if and how these promises will be turned into action.

You can find an infographic on designated Commissioners so far here.  

Vorschläge zur Finanzierung des Europäischen Sozialfonds bedroht
10. Juli 2012

Nach den jüngsten Diskussion um den mehrjährigen Finanzrahmen für 2014-2020 sieht es so aus, als haben die Mitgliedsstaaten den Vorschlag der Europäischen Kommission abgelehnt, mindestens 25% des Budgets, das sie für Kohäsionspolitik erhalten, für den Europäischen Sozialfonds (ESF) zu reservieren. Stattdessen schlagen sie vor, 25% für Prioritäten des ESF zu verwenden (hauptsächlich Armut, Bildung und Beschäftigung); dies könnte jedoch auch bestimmte andere Förderprogramme einschließen. Wenn die Mitgliedsstaaten im Rahmen von anderen Programmen Geldmittel für diese Bereiche verwenden, so kann es sein, dass sie insgesamt nicht so viel für diese Punkte ausgeben, wie sie es tun würden, wenn die Reservierung von mindestens 25% für den ESF zwingend vorgegeben wäre.

Darüber hinaus stimmten die Minister auch nicht mit dem Vorschlag der Kommission überein, 20% des ESF für die Bekämpfung von Armut und Ausgrenzen zu reservieren. Stattdessen wollen sie 20% des ESF oder einen entsprechenden Betrag des Europäischen Fonds für regionale Entwicklung (EFRE) für diese Prioritäten verwenden.

Dadurch wird nicht nur die Bedeutung des ESF herabgestuft; die anderen Förderprogramme sind für NROs zudem schwieriger zugänglich. Die aktuelle Position des Europäischen Parlaments unterstützt jedoch die Vorschläge der Kommission für diese Mindestanteile. Da es gleichviel Macht innehat wie der Rat, rechnet man mit harten Verhandlungen.

Um den Vorschlag der Kommission zu unterstützen, engagiert sich Eurodiaconia in einer Koalition von NROs, die vom European Anti-Poverty Network geleitet wird. Bei Avaaz wurde eine Online-Petition wurde eingerichtet. Klicken Sie hier, um zu unterzeichnen und hier, um mehr zu erfahren. Die Struktur und Finanzierung aller EU-Fonds werden zurzeit im Zusammenhang mit dem „mehrjährigen Finanzrahmen“ (MFR) diskutiert. Weitere Informationen zum MFR finden Sie in diesem Briefing. Weitere Informationen zu ESF finden Sie hier (jeweils auf Englisch).

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